Memory // A Call for Photographs

What is memory?

The fuel, the burden and force of revolts, movement and heritage.

It is somewhere between Sun Ra’s travels to Saturn, gospel call-and-response, motherships, funeral dirges, and insomnia.

A well-worn groove that bridges prophecies on the future and ruminations on the past to create personal mythologies.  The wishful alchemy of autobiography, religious fantasy, and coerced forgetting.

They are unrecorded microhistories, the foundation of family and the far away look of nostalgia in someone’s eye…the intangible and tangible evidence of life and love.

The ever continuous series of “now this moment” and “now this one, too”; a re-remembered timeline of past/present realities.

Rituals of storytelling as well as the spiritual nature of keeping, recording, and creating time.

The collective forgetting and the collective remembering.

With film and and digital cameras, we are looking for works that explore the boundless concepts of memory, nostalgia, and transition. We seek works that explore the transient and temporal ambiguity that is born from a desire to be boundless and open to the change that comes with the possibility of moving through time, rather than with time. We seek works that reflect on what memory is, how we remember, what we remember, and the memories we wish to forget. Let your work explore the shape and visual sound of the ephemeral; the incarnate and manifesting nature of memory. No memory is off bounds, and all off bounds memories are welcomed.

SPECIFICS//

DATES:

(PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN DATE) : The deadline for all submissions is Friday, December 17, 2010 at 12AM EST.

Selected artists will receive notification via email no later than January 18, 2011.

EMAIL:
SUBJECT LINE SHOULD INDICATE WHICH ISSUE YOU ARE SUBMITTING FOR.
Please send your images in 1 email in a zip file.

Submissions Email: themambubadu@gmail.com

IMAGE FILE SPECIFICATIONS:
JPGS at 72 DPI, 1024×681 pixels.

FILE NAMING:
Please name the individual files with your
FIRST NAME and LAST INITIAL and a number with no spaces, dashes or non-number or letters!

Example: MariaF1.jpg, MariaF2.jpg

Please name the zip files with the NAME OF SHOW, FIRST NAME and LAST INITIAL

Example: MemoryMariaF.zip

PLEASE INCLUDE WITH YOUR ENTRY:

1) Full Name
2) Contact Information (email, phone number and online portfolio, if applicable)
3) Complete list of submitted images and titles (be sure to indicate which file corresponds to which title)
4) Brief artist’s statement


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Mambu Badu // Welcome!

Mambu Badu is a photography collective that seeks to find, expose, and nurture emerging Black/African-American female photographers.

“Mambu Badu” is an adaptation of the Swahili phrase “Mambo Bado” which is loosely translated as “the best has yet to come.”  At this moment, we dwell in an exciting space of possibility where we can grow as artists.  We invite other Black/African American female photographers to join us in this journey.  We are approaching our art and this collective with a humble heart, a curious nature, and a persevering spirit.

Welcome.